Title

The Mountaintop

Roles

Nicholas Newell, Director

Performance Type

Theatrical Production

Performance Subtype

Directing

Performance Date

4-2015

Abstract

Katori Hall, winner of the Blackburn prize for women, re-imagines the events of the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and on the day he delivered a speech in which he foretold his own fate, “I may not get there with you, but I want you to know that tonight, we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” In this play she asks “What did Martin Luther King do the night before his death? Who did he talk to and what did he say?”

Playwright Katori Hall takes this historic date with destiny and weaves a powerful surrealistic fantasy about a conversation between King and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee and prompts him to confront his life, his past, his legacy and the plight and future of African-Americans. Hall’s insight, light touch and lively mood depicts King as a real man with very human foibles who was nonetheless capable of inspiring millions to hope and move toward a momentous societal shift for equality and justice.

Comments

KCACTF Region IV Participating Production

Respondents: Jeff Green (Georgia South Western University) and Christopher Berry (Albany State University)

Faculty Directing Award

Recommended for Festival

Sponsor/Institution/Organization

Georgia Southern University Theatre

Place of Performance

Statesboro, GA

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